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Results of public survey positive for MPS Superintendent Allen

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A new survey has been released regarding the public perception of Montgomery Public Schools. Researchers at ASU's Center for Leadership and Public Policy released the results Thursday morning.

The survey asked the public a variety of questions including what they think about the system and its leaders. 

[DOCUMENT: MPS/ASU Survey Results (.pdf)]

Over 500 people in Montgomery were polled for the survey with about half having a child or grandchild in the school system.

The results showed that only 28.6 percent rated the school system as good or excellent, with over 32 percent rating it as bad. The perception of the school board was about the same with 23 percent feeling it was good or excellent and 32 rating it as bad.

When it comes to the superintendent's rating, the survey showed something much more positive. Compared to the previous three superintendents, Superintendent Margaret Allen's perception was much better for her first year, which is something researchers say stands out.

MPS issued this statement following the release of the findings:

"During our extensive district accreditation process, MPS surveyed and held community forums to effectively gage the attitudes of parents, community, business and religious leaders, students and teachers. Working collaboratively, we used that community input to form a new strategic plan that included our many strengths as well as areas for opportunities. We always welcome community input. We work to use that input and our own research to formulate programs that benefit our students and address issues."

This is the 15th year that ASU's Center for Leadership and Public Policy has conducted the study.

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